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Old Saturday 31st October 2009, 18:34   #101
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Nah, stay here in the rain and you'll see all the exotics arrive!

Great fieldwork as always.

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Old Friday 27th November 2009, 16:13   #102
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Hey all - finished the cake bits now and back on the book (even though the cakes paid more for a lot less work...!) and have got a deadline of Feb now so the end is in sight...yeay!! Here's one of the latest, myzomelas....

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Old Friday 27th November 2009, 17:01   #103
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Superb, Ads - you've the patience of Job. That deadline must be looking more like a finishing line by now - good luck.
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Cheers Tim...yep, the finish line of a seven year marathon....!!
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Old Friday 27th November 2009, 22:33   #105
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I don't know how you remain sane, let alone how you keep up such excellent quality throughout.

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Old Friday 27th November 2009, 22:35   #106
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Dear Birdboy.........i have only just stumbled across this thread...your 'stuff' is stunning...!! I looked at the wallcreeper pic and thought..'jeeez'!!..[or something similar]...and then i saw your alpine accentor painting n nearly fell off me swivel seat...what an 'atmosphere'...!!

You are one talented fellow.....

ps..as i am a 'pitta-freak'...do you have any paintings/sketches that we could have a look at..?

pps....and as i have quickly gleaned from skim reading this thread that you enjoy the odd 'ale'....have one on me.......make it two...

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Dear Birdboy.........i have only just stumbled across this thread...your 'stuff' is stunning...!! I looked at the wallcreeper pic and thought..'jeeez'!!..[or something similar]...and then i saw your alpine accentor painting n nearly fell off me swivel seat...what an 'atmosphere'...!!

You are one talented fellow.....

ps..as i am a 'pitta-freak'...do you have any paintings/sketches that we could have a look at..?

pps....and as i have quickly gleaned from skim reading this thread that you enjoy the odd 'ale'....have one on me.......make it two...

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Well you've certainly stumbled into the rght bar for a or , User! Drop by more often, mate!
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Cheers Tim..[literally]..

Always nice to find a friendly thread where i can 'drop in' and have a woffle...[please feel free to 'bar' me if i happen to get disorderly in the 'writing' department]...

Adios...for now....all the best to you in the windswept land of Orkneyshire....
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Damned good of ya, User, cheers mate!! Also, I know artists find their own styles, but you've developed a posting style that's definitely all yours and long may it continue!
So just for you, through the square window today we have some sketches from Kingfisher Park, especially for a fellow pitta-freak....these Oz pittas are just so much more showy and brassy than their other cousins (typical Aussies I guess...)


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Just found another couple from Kingfisher Park, not more pittas this time User though...you'll have to wait as it's not good for you to get them all at once! Another cracking bird that came just closer and closer the stiller (is that a word??) you sat....(Uh oh, the dots are a-catching.... noooooooo!)

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God, now I'm waffling...been up all night painting cuckooshrikes with the idea that because of all the Leach's past Portland yday it must be worth a couple of hours at Selsey this morning and seeing as I hate getting up early I find it easier to stay up....but it's peeing down outside and my bed is looking so welcoming....and dammit, those dots are back - quick, get a hyphen in.....aarrgghhh!
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God, now I'm waffling...been up all night painting cuckooshrikes with the idea that because of all the Leach's past Portland yday it must be worth a couple of hours at Selsey this morning and seeing as I hate getting up early I find it easier to stay up....but it's peeing down outside and my bed is looking so welcoming....and dammit, those dots are back - quick, get a hyphen in.....aarrgghhh!
Now did you see any Ads... or was that bed too tempting ?

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Some very beautiful drawing here Ads - the characterisation in the first page of pittas is exceptional - a sheet of really 'knowing' drawings (oy, I'm nearly a poet :) )and the monarch sketches are bouncing about - terrific.
By the way Ads - bed's not all that it's cracked up to be; spent half of last night consoling youngest child with a broken tv - much better to spend the wee hours productively.
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Thanks Tim - must admit I do like painting thru the night...it just puts me on a different time clock to the rest of the world (is that a bad thing though?!)
Mark (still looking very fetching I might add ) - No I didn't see any poxy petrels. Gave it 3 hours and parked the car so I could poke the scope out the window (what a wimp!). Had a Pom, Scaup and a cool Short-eared Owl low over the carpark being mobbed by gulls so a few nice bits worth staying up for. Need a holiday!
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Where next then Ad's?

Must admit, I like painting into the early hours, but despite daylight bulbs, I get slightly worried about my colour tones with fresh morning eyes, can be a bit hit and miss at times!
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Some very beautiful drawing here Ads - the characterisation in the first page of pittas is exceptional
characterisation is the very word- I must confess I've been lurking about in this thread trying to deconstruct what you do with eye shape to get so much of the character

don't start with a circle, unless you see a circle seems to be step #1

great stuff
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what a master you are, the outlines are so clean, sure and descriptive not generalized.

and the attitudes and aliveness are there from the very beginning.

BTW.....I love dots, 3 reasons, laziness, (don't have to period, shift, cap,) and dots are a way of letting the reader have some space to fill in their own meanings and catch a breather for a moment in the "conversation", last it is nice looking to my eye on the page, some space and offset that pleases me visually
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Just found another couple from Kingfisher Park, not more pittas this time User though...you'll have to wait as it's not good for you to get them all at once! Another cracking bird that came just closer and closer the stiller (is that a word??) you sat....(Uh oh, the dots are a-catching.... noooooooo!)

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Chuckle...! I see that my devilish plan to take over the world with 'dots'......seems to be working

Thanks for putting the pitta pic's on this thread for me to peruse Birdyboy... Luv 'em!
Pitta's that show themselves tooo easily...[tho always impressive]...are never as desired or as valued as the one's that you REALLY have to work for...the 'skulkier' the better...[is 'skulkier' is a word?...i don't care if it is or not...it works for me]..! Grammer rebels rule.....

ps....'Stiller'......in my opinion.......his best film was Zoolander.....

pps.....gotta go now....i have to take care of some roast spuds as they are not going to baste themselves....[i think they are just lazy]....
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some roast spuds as they are not going to baste themselves....[i think they are just lazy]....
. . . . . . . couch potatoes, maybe? . . . . . . . .
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what a master you are, the outlines are so clean, sure and descriptive not generalized.

and the attitudes and aliveness are there from the very beginning.

BTW.....I love dots, 3 reasons, laziness, (don't have to period, shift, cap,) and dots are a way of letting the reader have some space to fill in their own meanings and catch a breather for a moment in the "conversation", last it is nice looking to my eye on the page, some space and offset that pleases me visually
Exactly Colleen......[regards dots].....that's why i use them....[addictive isn't it]....?

ps...Tim....liked the 'couch' potato bit....! [and if my nose is not deceiving me...i think my dinner is about done]......tis time to 'tuck in'...and for me to 'tuck off'.....
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more fantastic work, all these strange birds with strange colours look delicious! (In a non-gastronomic sort of way)
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Glad you added the brackets there Nick....thought you might be going totally French on us!!
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Hey all...have just had my first xmas of the week (yday) as my brother was back but has to work in Ireland over xmas proper so my dear ole Ma, having both her boys on the same continent at practically xmas couldn't resist...result! Have managed to finish off another plate (cuckooshrikes/cicadabirds) which I'm actually pleased with...(4 left now...) but have now gotta try and paint the 3 labs for Ma's xmas prezzie...no pressure then...

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Nice 'plate' there birdyboy....!

ps...will you be photographing and posting a 'plate' of turkey in the near future?....[depicting 'bird' in it's natural habitat of gravy...surrounded by roast spuds n veg]...

All the best over this festering...[sorry...festive]...period....! May your brushes never wilt......
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Another great plate Ad's, on a roll with the finish line in sight, Happy Christmas!

but have now gotta try and paint the 3 labs for Ma's xmas prezzie...no pressure then...
Been there, run out of dogs to paint.... thankfully
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